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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

giggɪg(n.; v.)gigged, gig•ging.

  1. (n.)a light, two-wheeled one-horse carriage.

    Category: Transportation

  2. a light boat rowed with four, six, or eight long oars.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. something that whirls.

  4. (v.i.)to ride in a gig.

Origin of gig:

1200–50; ME gigge, gig flighty girl; akin to Dan gig top

giggɪg(n.; v.)gigged, gig•ging.

  1. (n.)a device, commonly four hooks secured back to back, for dragging through a school of fish to hook them through the body.

  2. a spearlike device with a long, thick handle, used for spearing fish and frogs.

  3. (v.t.)to catch or spear (a fish or frog) with a gig.

  4. (v.i.)to catch fish or frogs with a gig.

Origin of gig:

1715–25; shortened from fishgig, var. of fizgig a kind of harpoon

giggɪg(n.; v.)gigged, gig•ging.

  1. (n.)a military demerit.

  2. (v.t.)to give a gig to.

Origin of gig:

1940–45; orig. uncert.

gig*gɪg(n.; v.)gigged, gig•ging.

  1. (n.)a single professional engagement, usu. of short duration, as of jazz or rock musicians.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. any job, esp. one of short or uncertain duration.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Music and Dance

  3. (v.i.)to work as a musician, esp. in a single engagement.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Music and Dance

* Slang..

Origin of gig:

1925–30; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gig(noun)

    long and light rowing boat; especially for racing

  2. spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance(noun)

    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

  3. gig(noun)

    a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting

  4. gig(noun)

    tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain

  5. gig(noun)

    small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood

  6. gig(noun)

    a booking for musicians

    "they played a gig in New Jersey"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gig(noun)ɪg

    a unit of computer memory equal to about a billion bytes

    I added 60 gig of memory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gig(noun)

    a fiddle

  2. Gig(verb)

    to engender

  3. Gig(noun)

    a kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig

  4. Gig(verb)

    to fish with a gig

  5. Gig(noun)

    a playful or wanton girl; a giglot

  6. Gig(noun)

    a top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play

  7. Gig(noun)

    a light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise

  8. Gig(noun)

    a long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer; as, the captain's gig

  9. Gig(noun)

    a rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth

Freebase

  1. Gig

    Gig is slang for a musical engagement in which musicians are hired. Originally coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians, the term, short for the word "engagement", now refers to any aspect of performing such as assisting with performance and attending musical performance. More broadly, the term "gigging" means having paid work, being employed. A gig is sometimes called a "set", referring to the set list of compositions played. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes it as "a term commonly applied to a musical engagement of one night's duration only; to undertake such an engagement,". The first documented use of this term in this way appears in 1926: Melody Maker 7 September 1926, with the story byline stating, "One Popular Gig Band Makes Use of a Nicely Printed Booklet."

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gig

    [SI] See quantifiers.

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